Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Community leaders in Australia accused of protecting a child molester

          SENIOR members of a Melbourne Jewish community have been accused of protecting an alleged child sex offender who worked at one of the order's schools.

David Cyprys, 43, a security guard at Yeshivah College in East St Kilda, was today arrested and charged with 29 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency relating to former students.

Cyprys, a father-of-two who also runs a locksmith business, could try to flee to Israel with the help of high-ranking individuals within the Yeshivah community, Detective Senior Constable Lisa Metcher told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.

She accused Cyprys's supporters of covering up the alleged offending, which is said to have occurred between 1984 and 1991.


  1. As I wrote on a comment to another post... What's this with helping accused child molesters escape to Israel? Do we really care so little for the safety of the Jewish children in Israel? Not only are we dumping the problem into someone else's backyard, at least the originating community knows to tell their children "I don't trust so-and-so so if he wants to talk to you or play with you, or even teach you Torah or give you treats, say 'no' and let me know..." The destination community is blind-sided.

  2. I find it fascinating how secular law shows up the weakness of halacha in this area. Go with secular law and you get the pervert. Go with halacha and you protect him. Is this "tzedek tzedek tirdof"?

  3. Weakness of the allegedly observant community.

    You might be cheered up by my "Watering our Weeds" essay (from Daas Torah: Child & Domestic Abuse vol 1.)

    It's a sad accusation about the distance between Orthodoxy as it exists and the Torah as Hashem told us to observe it. OTOH, it save you from "judging Judaism by the Jews" -- which at times feels like an inviting trip to kefirah.


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